Grant applications open for United Way’s Community Fund for nonprofits serving Dutchess & Orange counties in Health, Education, Income and Veterans Services

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region invites non-profits serving Dutchess & Orange counties in the areas of health, education, income, and veterans service to apply for grants from the Community Fund. Applications are open with the final submission deadline on Friday, March 17th at 5:00pm. All grant submissions are to be made via the online United Way grant portal. For information, go to https://www.uwdor.org/apply-grant

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s mandatory informational session for representatives of any nonprofits applying for a grant from the Community Fund has been rescheduled to February 21st due to the impeding weather tomorrow. (The meeting was scheduled February 9th.) The meeting now will be held on Tuesday, February 21st, from 9:30 to 11:00am at The City of Newburgh Activity Center in Newburgh (401 Washington Street, next to Delano-Hitch Park). Preregistration for the meeting is requested. Go to bit.ly/register-mandatory-infosession-feb21.

“Last year, United Way supported forty programs, run by nonprofits in Dutchess and Orange counties, that provide education, training and support the areas of Health, Education, and Income,” stated Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “This year we have added another granting category to specifically help veterans and their families in our region.”

The four funding categories for 2017 – 2017 United Way Community Fund grants are:

EDUCATION
UWDOR issues this RFP as a part of an indelible commitment to achieve the goal of improving the condition of our neighbors affected by poverty and limited resources. UWDOR targets our education investment on strategies that support educational attainment of our community’s youth. We aim to improve educational outcomes for our children living in Dutchess and Orange counties by supporting children from birth through age 8 in order to ensure they are on a path to lifelong learning and success.

INCOME
UWDOR issues this RFP as a part of a long-term commitment to achieve the goal of improving the condition of our neighbors affected by poverty and limited resources. UWDOR targets our income investment on strategies that will lead families currently struggling to meet their basic needs to financial independence. We aim to improve economic conditions for individuals and families living in Dutchess and Orange counties by assisting individuals with by reducing barriers to, and improving, financial literacy. 

HEALTH
UWDOR issues this RFP as a part of our commitment to achieve the goal of improving the condition of our neighbors affected by poverty and limited resources. UWDOR targets our health investment on strategies that will ultimately reduce childhood obesity and the detrimental effects of engaging in risky behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, and bullying. We aim to improve health outcomes for our children and families living in Dutchess and Orange counties by increasing providing education about healthy decision making.

VETERANS
UWDOR issues this RFP to address the diverse needs of the vulnerable veterans population. We have identified barriers to housing assistance, legal assistance and employment-related training and education to be paramount. We seek applications that focus on promoting stability for veterans among these three categories. Our community benefits when veterans have access to these vital services. Community level outcomes include increased access to housing and pro bono legal services as well as greater attainment of professional training.

“We invite any nonprofit that serves the population of Dutchess and Orange counties in the four funding areas to apply for a grant this year,” stated Kimberly Kochem, Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “We do require all applicants to attend the mandatory meeting on February 21st that will be led by members of United Way’s Community Impact Committee and that will provide an overview of United Way’s grant process and timeline of applications, grant review, and awards.”

Once the grant applications and supporting documents have been received, the next step is for community volunteers to review them. Last year, more than 150 volunteers reviewed grants in each of the categories, then met together to discuss recommendations for funding. These recommendations are then reviewed by United Way’s Community Impact Council. The final approval of funding is made by United Way’s Board of Directors. To see the forty programs that were funded for 2016-2017, go to www.uwdor.org/investing-in-change.

For additional information and to see grant application guidelines, go to www.uwdor.org/apply-grant or email ci-inbox@uwdor.org